I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in fifty years what my father taught by example in one week.
— Mario Cuomo
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
— James Baldwin
I learned much from my father just by watching his example. If I saw him hold a door open for someone, I learned to do the same. Kids always observe their parents and I always watched my daddy.
— Jerry Femina
There is no better answer to a child’s negative attitude than a positive example.
Your kids must take responsibility for their actions, their choices and ultimately for their lives. How do you teach them to do these things? Set a good example. Don’t blame your parents for your problems, the economy for your debts, bad teachers for your children’s shaky academic performance, your spouse for your unhappiness or an insensitive boss for your stalled career.
— Elaine St. James
A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.
— Joe DiMaggio
A leader leads by example not by force.
— Sun Tzu
Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.
— Charles Borromeo
Model good emotional and mental stability. All eyes are on you, particularly in times of stress or crisis. Be a role model your children will remember – how strong you were, how resilient you were, how you held things together when life seemed like it was breaking apart.
— Phillip McGraw
Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.
— Bill Cosby
I loved those years of being Mr. Mom. One of the saddest days in my life was when Jennifer said, “Dad, I can wash my own hair.”
— Billy Crystal
It’s quite astonishing: I see most of these fathers all year. Depending on the week, a few might be happy, and some are never happy. At this father-and-son tournament, they are all happy, every round, every day.
— Gary Player
When these parenting years have passed, something precious will have flickered and gone out of my life. Thus, I am resolved to enjoy every day that remains in this fathering era.
— Dr. James Dobson
Becoming a father fulfilled my life because it added a sense of immortality, with my life and spirit being passed on to future generations through my children. It also enabled me to relive my childhood through the disguise of being a parent, as I play with my children and their toys. I think each one of us maintains our childhood memories and fantasies. Being a parent allows us to release them.
— Dave Shewmon
I loved my father – always deep in my subconscious I have referred judgments back to him, what he would have thought or done.
— Edward Fitzgerald
When someone who knew my father says I’m like him, I feel flattered. He was a shy, undemonstrative man, but good natured with a great, whimsical sense of humor.
— Paul Newman
When I think about our relationship, I’m always reminded of a picture of me and my dad under his old car, Dad teaching me how to change the oil. If my dad had had his way, he would have taken me everywhere with him – including to work. I have so many great memories of time spent fishing, hunting, going to ball games together.
— Leigh Ann Hester
The graduating class at Yale University voted on this question: “What man in the world do you most admire?” And a majority answered: “My father.”
— William Phelps
Raising two daughters, Dad had to learn about dresses, ballet and even tea parties. To be candid, he wasn’t very good at any of those things. But he did give me something of himself that has sustained me through very difficult times: persistence, toughness and the unswerving belief that God is faithful and we can trust Him with our lives . . . and the lives of our children.
— Gracie Rosenberger
My children will not remember the words of wisdom I’ve passed along over the years, nor will yours remember the good advice you’ve given. However, etched in their minds and planted in their hearts is a permanent picture of who you are and how you’ve lived before them.
— Dorothy Patterson
Not only should we teach values, but we should live them. My kids pay a lot more attention to what I do than what I say. A sermon is better lived than preached.
— J.C. Watts
It is important to teach children kindness and simplicity in life and work. All of children’s moral and spiritual education should be supported by your own good example. You should live virtuously, or at least try to do so; the success of your good life will educate your children.
— Leo Tolstoy
The best way to teach a child restraint and generosity is to be a model of those qualities yourself. If your child sees that you want a particular item but refrain from buying it, either because it isn’t practical or because you can’t afford it, he will begin to understand restraint. Likewise, if you donate books or clothing to charity, take him with you to distribute the items to teach him about generosity.
— Lawrence Balter
What the father does is always the best predictor of what the son will do.
— Charles Handy
Children will not always listen to you, but they will always imitate you.
— Edwin Cole
Everything our children hear, see and feel is recorded onto a cassette. Guess who is the big star in their movie? You are. What you say and, more important, what you do, is recorded there for them to replay over and over again.
— Stephanie Marston
Children need models rather than critics.
— Joseph Joubert
When I was about eight, I was with my dad in the subway when he found a wallet on the train. It didn’t have much money in there – only about five or ten dollars. But as soon as we got home, Dad called the person whose wallet it was. He didn’t make a big deal over returning this wallet. He just did it. Some lessons are never spoken.
— Jerry Femina
The most essential quality for leadership is not perfection, but credibility. People must be able to trust you, or they won’t follow you. How do you build credibility? Not by pretending to be perfect, but by being honest.
— Rick Warren
Leadership is by example, not talk.
— Bill Walsh
Leaders make ideas tangible and real to others, so they can support them. For no matter how marvelous the vision, the effective leader must use a metaphor, a word or a model to make that vision clear to others.
— Warren Bennis
Treat others as we want to be treated ourselves. People do not willingly follow leaders who are unconcerned with how they are treated.
— Major General William Cohen
A leader can empower people by expecting more of them than they think they can possibly achieve. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy – if the leader really believes that people can do more, they’ll begin to expect more from themselves.
— Robert Townsend